No matter what you have on hand, you should be able to make a delicious vegan hot chocolate. We share all the ways with you to discover the best that suites you no matter allergies or taste preferences.
Did you grow up drinking hot chocolate in the cooler months? If so, and you’ve missed it, then our vegan hot chocolate recipes are growing to blow you away.
There’s nothing quite like sledding in the snow for hours as a kid and then coming inside to warm hot chocolate waiting for you.
Or maybe you didn’t appreciate hot chocolate until you were older and you were able to have it while doing a research paper at the library or hanging out with friends because you don’t like coffee.
No matter the reason, everyone should be able to have a delicious cup of hot chocolate.
We are making sure that everyone, regardless of food preferences or allergies can have at least one of our recipes.
We are going to share with you 5 different ways to make vegan hot chocolate and then most of them have even more ways you can add in flavors and making it your own.
From a super basic and totally allergy friendly recipe, or a more decadent and thicker hot chocolate made from cashews.
No matter what you choose you will find the right dairy free hot chocolate for yourself here (or maybe you try them all….go ahead….we won’t judge!)
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How do you make hot chocolate vegan?
The reason hot chocolate normally is not vegan is because there is milk in it. Usually both through the actual milk or milk powder used, and also the type of chocolate used.
Luckily, there’s easy ways to fix that.
First, you want to replace the milk with a dairy free milk and then use a vegan chocolate. Once you do those things, you have covered the basics and just need to add In a few more things like sugar and vanilla.
All of these recipes need minimal ingredients – the most being 9, but usually just 6 or 7.
What is the best milk to use for vegan hot chocolate?
The best options for milk in vegan hot chocolate are oat, cashew, or canned coconut milk. This is because these options are creamier than say soy or almond milk.
Also, when you use oat milk, you are covering a ton of other allergens. We like Oatly because they are certified gluten free.
What is the best vegan chocolate to use for vegan hot chocolate?
We use Enjoy Life semi-sweet chips. They are made Top 8+ more free so it’s the perfect chocolate to use.
Plus, they are easily available and the cost is great on them compared to some others.
Of course, if you have a favorite vegan chocolate bar or chips, you can totally use though too.
Can you prep dairy free hot chocolate ahead of time?
Most of the vegan hot chocolate recipes that we are sharing only need 7-10 minutes to make, so there’s no reason to really need to prep ahead.
That being said, you can store the dairy free hot chocolate once made in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.
You can heat back up in the fridge or microwave, but you may need to add more dairy free milk during the warming process because it thickens up in the fridge.
Can you make vegan hot chocolate in a crockpot?
If you are serving a crowd, you can make most dairy free hot chocolate recipes in bulk.
All of our recipes as made makes 2 servings. You can use the auto adjuster in the recipe box below to increase the amount of servings that you need and make a bulk dairy free hot chocolate crock pot recipe.
Simply add all the ingredients to the crockpot and set on low. After 30 minutes, come back and stir together. Leave on the lowest setting possible for 4 hours.
Because this dairy free hot chocolate crock pot recipe comes together so quickly, it’s best to wait until 30 minutes before you need to serve it to turn on the crockpot.
There’s no reason though that you can’t put all the ingredients into the crockpot and then put the crockpot in the fridge until you are ready to turn on the heat.
*We do not recommend this method for the vegan cashew hot chocolate.